Mintlaw football star promotes smoke-free campaign in Rosehearty

Kim Little with competition winner Kaelyn Simpson and Bubbles [Picture: Duncan Brown]
Kim Little with competition winner Kaelyn Simpson and Bubbles [Picture: Duncan Brown]

A Scottish football international from Mintlaw visited pupils in Rosehearty today to promote a smoke-free awareness campaign.

Kim Little visited kids at Rosehearty School to promote NHS Grampian’s smoke-free campaign and to present one child with an award for naming one of the campaign’s dragon mascots.

Kaelyn Simpson, from Primary 4, one the competition by naming the blue dragon mascot Bubbles.

Kim said: “It is vital that, as adults, we provide the best and healthiest lifestyle for children.

“Smoking is a choice made by a single person but one which can affect the health of so many others.

“The inhalation of second-hand smoke can be detrimental to all, but especially children, and I think it is important to broaden the awareness of the indirect consequences that smoking can have.”

The new campaign was devised by NHS Grampian Smoking Cessation Co-ordinators Rachel Stewart and Jill Smith and wants to promote smoke-free homes, local authority grounds and the wider environment.

Rachel said: “We’re very encouraged that so many people, young and old, as well as professionals, want to raise awareness about the benefits of a smoke-free environment, and we want to support that enthusiasm by providing a special Aberdeenshire resource.”

The campaign’s two dragon mascots, Bubbles and Puffy, were designed by Rachel and graphic artist Marie Duguid.

James Beattie, from Inverurie, named Puffy.